Survival Field Training Exercise

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Survival training in the CACC is foundational to leadership development.  It teaches self-reliance, critical thinking, self-confidence, resilience, character development, grit, smart risk-taking, value of preparation, and techniques to deal with stress and failure. It also increases odds of survival in adverse situations, develops an appreciation and respect for the outdoors, and creates strong bonds between the participants.

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APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THE 2022 SURVIVAL FTX.

ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN-UP FOR REMIND: https://www.remind.com/join/stuftx2022 or text @stuftx2022 to the number 81010

Parents may sign-up for Remind as well to receive important updates.

 



2022 Summer Survival Field Training Exercise

The Survival Training Unit and the Advanced Survival Training Unit will conduct their next Field Training Exercise (FTX) on 17-23 July 2022 at Camp San Luis Obispo.

Enrollment will be limited to 60 cadets.

-The Survival Training Unit (STU) will accept 50 highly qualified cadets and the Advanced Survival Training Unit (ASTU) will accept 10 superior cadets.

-The registration deadline is 30 April 2022 unless enrollment capacity is reached before the cut-off date.

-Cadets must be entering grades 10-12 for the 2022-2023 school year and meet the requirements of their prospective unit (listed below).

The cost to attend this year's training is $150.

-If a cadet attended the 2022 Summer Encampment in June, the cost will be reduced to $100.

-The LEAD Foundation is providing scholarships for families that have a financial need or are sending multiple cadets. Click here for more information.

-Click here to pay for your registration.

Transportation will not be provided for this event.

-The LEAD foundation is providing fuel cards for adults who are able to safely transport three or more cadets. Click here for more information.

Cadets are required to report in Class C uniform, if issued.

-Cadets that were not issued a uniform this year should write in advance to survival@cacadets.org to ensure one will be available for issue upon arrival.

-Packing list for the event can be found HERE (coming soon).

 

SURVIVAL FTX WARNORD CAN BE FOUND HERE

For more information, Email us at survival@cacadets.org

 

 

Details of each unit are located below:


Survival Training Unit (STU)

This is a mentally and physically challenging course requiring cadets to maintain a high level of motivation and perseverance during the Survival Field Training Exercise.

  • About the FTX:
    • Cadets learn survival skills while operating in a scenario-based exercise.
    • Participants strive to achieve passing benchmarks as evaluated by course cadre
  • Cadets must complete the components below to qualify for the red beret with basic flash:
    1. Complete the physical, mental, and medical pre-event checklist found HERE
      • ​Submit the completed checklist as an Email attachment HERE
        • ​Title both your document and Email SURVIVAL CHECKLIST_LAST NAME_FIST NAME
      • The pre-event checklist is REQUIRED for entrance into the STU.
    2. ​Pass a graded, rigourous physical fitness evaluation before the start of the FTX
    3. Complete the graded 120+ hour Field Exercise
      • ​​Cadets not meeting benchmark standards or failing to memorize/recite the Survival Creed during the course will not receive the red beret.
  • ​Additional qualifications:​
    • Cadets must have maintained a CUMULATIVE HIGH SCHOOL GPA of 2.0 or better
    • Cadets must not have had any serious disciplinary infractions in the past two years
    • Verification of GPA is required.

 


Advanced Survival Training Unit (ASTU)

This is a demanding course that will teach cadets to be physically and mentally prepared to operate in austere conditions.

  • Qualifications:
    • You must have earned your red beret
    • Cadets must complete the ASTU physical, mental, and medical checklist found HERE
      • ​Submit the completed checklist as an Email attachment HERE
        • ​Title both your Email and document: ASTU CHECKLIST_LAST NAME_FIRST NAME
    • Cadets must have maintained a CUMULATIVE HIGH SCHOOL GPA of 2.0 or better
    • You must not have had any serious disciplinary infractions in the past two years
    • Participants must pass a graded, rigourous physical fitness evaluation before final acceptance into the ASTU
  • How to Sign Up:​
    • After you've completed your registration, complete the form located HERE.
    • ​​Upon acceptance, you will be receive a follow-up Email with further instructions.

Survival Training Resources

  • ​CACC Survival Curriculum
    • A. Prepare to Survive                                TEXT
    • C. Basic Survival Techniques                     TEXT

 

Adult Survival Instrucor Course

CACC-appointed adults interested in joining the Survival or Wilderness Skills Program can find more information here.